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Hadith claiming strong believer more beloved to Allah Almighty than weak one

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Heba E. Husseyn
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« on: June 27, 2020, 11:59:15 am »

Indeed it's nonsense.   Actually this hadith is lengthier but is often abbreviated and stated just that much as you quoted.  And so comes the concept of physically healthier person being more beloved to Allah Almighty than a physically weaker one.  Totally wrong.   Though I'm not a Hadithist, at least Hadith followers should try to correct this misunderstanding.  Instead they have turned into apologists defending this incorrect notion claiming that a healthy person can worship Allah for a longer stretch of time, a healthy person doesn't need to sit on a chair or couch to pray, that a healthy person doesn't need to lie on their bed to offer prayer, a healthy people can awaken for Fajr more easily, a healthy people can fast more easily, a healthy person can perform Hajj more easily and so on.  But first off, they completely ignore the Quran which disregards such concepts as highlighted by apologists.  Secondly, Allah Almighty sees a person's innermost intentions rather than just their outward acts of worship.   It goes without saying that at heart and soul, a physically weak person's iman can be far stronger than a physically strong person even if that weaker person is not able to perform all acts of worship as easily and comfortably as the stronger person.   Devotion to Allah of a person who is frail and ill can be much more at heart than a healthy one.   It goes without saying, this isn't anything to worry about for the physically weak person.   But as we've observed many times, hadith ignores intentions altogether. 

Then again this false hadith tries to lessen its absurdity by saying  " .. though there is good in both."  However, this last part cannot erase the absurdity already mentioned in the beginning claiming  “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer," ... which does appear to be referring to physical strength, and that's nonsense.  

According to various other sources this Hadith goes about differently to clarify it refers to stronger iman not stronger body.   They quote the complete Hadith as follows. 

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The strong believer (mu'min) is more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, but there is goodness in both of them.  Be eager for what benefits you, seek help from Allah, and do not be frustrated. If something befalls you, then do not say: If only I had done something else. Rather say: Allah has decreed what he wills. Verily, the  phrase ‘if only’ opens the way for the work of Satan.”   (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2664).  

Now, I'm not sure if the word "mu'min" in bracket and the contents after the first sentence have been forged later or what?  Only Allah Almighty would know that best.  But this detailed version above sounds more sensible and apparently refers strength of iman and morals.   Nonetheless, many Hadith experts still prefer to stick to the absurd interpretation of physical strength.  

My humble advise to all readers is, please ignore such drivel.  Just be focused on the Noble Quran which covers all aspects we need to know.


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